Re: [messengers] Council offers bike scheme for deliveries

Date: 18 Nov 2010 19:10:40 +0100
From: Kevin Stewart <kevinstewy@xxxxxxxxx>


So are there gonna be a bunch of old timer truck driver guys cruisin
around on cargo bikes?! That should be funny.

On Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 12:13 PM, dotC <09dotc@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> love the way they got the idea from velocity couriers in dublin who use
> Larry vs Harry Bullitts, and dont even mention it.
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> On 18 November 2010 11:56, Joe Hendry <messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
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>> Council offers bike scheme for deliveries
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>> OLIVIA KELLY
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>> Irish Times, November 18, 2010
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>> BUSINESSES in Dublin’s
>> city centre are being asked to swap their delivery vans for bicycles to
>> minimise disruption and ensure continuity of supplies during the Metro
>> North
>> works.
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>> The initiative from Dublin City Council and the Dublin City Business
>> Association would see a fleet of “urban cargo” bikes carrying loads of up
>> to
>> 180kg on the city’s streets in the next 18 months.
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>> The council is seeking expressions of interest for the
>> scheme which would ensure shops and restaurants in the central business
>> district, from Parnell Square
>> to St Stephen’s Green and Smithfield
>> to Merrion Square,
>> are not cut off due to the large-scale roadworks planned for the Metro
>> North
>> and other infrastructural projects.
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>> The scheme would be retained long term to protect road
>> surfaces in pedestrianised areas such as Grafton Street and Henry Street
>> and to allow for the better
>> operation of bus systems in the city centre.
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>> The operation of the scheme will depend on the expressions
>> of interest the council receives from today. In Geneva
>> and Paris,
>> where there are similar schemes, businesses contract their deliveries out
>> to a
>> firm that operates the bikes instead of using their own vans or hiring
>> couriers.
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>> The council said it could make a central depot available for
>> the delivery bikes in Smithfield
>> or the markets area. Larger lorries could bring cargo to the depot, instead
>> of
>> entering the central business district – and the bikes would then be used
>> to
>> distribute the goods to businesses. The bikes were a cost-effective
>> solution as
>> the city centre becomes increasingly restrictive to traffic, Brendan
>> O’Brien,
>> head of technical services at the council’s traffic department, said.
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>> “Urban cargo deliveries are more customer friendly than
>> traditional delivery trucks; provide a long-term solution of greater access
>> through city streets and pedestrian routes; flexibility in terms of
>> delivery
>> times and loading, and cost-effectiveness for operating businesses.”
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>> After the metro, Dart underground and cross-city Luas works,
>> the council did not want a return to the use of “unsustainable
>> transportation
>> vehicles”, he added.
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>> The council had to spend several million euro repaving Grafton Street and
>> the surrounding side streets due to wear and tear caused by delivery
>> trucks, he
>> said, a cost that was borne by businesses through commercial rates.
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